First, the Parallels Access cost only $17 or $19 (can't recall which) for two years subscription when bought with Parallels 10, which ain't bad. For that kind of money it's not worth trying to find something else. I understand how you feel about the forced upgrade to Parallels 10. But I looked at Parallels 10 and VMWare Fusion, tried them both, and liked Parallels better. It's $50 either way for me. So, not buying Parallels because of my pique with the company is sort of hurting myself for no reason. They (Parallels) wouldn't care, and I wouldn't have the program I wanted. That's my reasoning, anyway.